Prodding Him On G17-140
The Devil is a long time fixture of the mountain stages in the Tour de France, so it was a treat to find him along the roads in the Italian Dolomites. I have learned his name, but can't recall it right now. He has changed is Tour trident for a rather large pink foam version for the Giro. While he normally leaps surprisingly high in the air, today he ran along behind the Frenchman, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ). Pinot had jumped out of the favorites group knowing the Tom Dumoulin was losing seconds, perhaps minutes, behind. Pinot had used the indescision of the GC men to gain time yesterday and was hoping that he might be able to get onto the podium today. He got close, just eight seconds behind Vincenzo Nibali's (Bahrain-Merida) third place. At the end of today, less than a minute separated the top four places of the 100th Giro d'Italia. And there are only two more stages to go!